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I’m continually puzzled by the liberal allegation that 9-11 happened because the Bush administration distracted itself with missile defense–the latest version of this claim appears in today’s Washington Post, which runs a big story on how Condi Rice was going to give a pro-missile defense speech the day the terrorists struck. The logic here is sort of like saying if we’d only had better airline security on 9-11, regime change in Iraq would not have been necessary. Missile defense has little to do with terrorism; it responds to a completely different set of threats, which were compelling three years ago and remain so today. The topic of Rice’s undelivered speech is a piece of trivia, not a revelation.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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